Prescription Pot, Weed & Weapons

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  1. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Police find loaded guns at medical marijuana growing operation


    Arrested men not holders of Health Canada permits


    Penticton RCMP say they seized loaded guns and excess pot from an Okanagan Falls property being used to grow medical marijuana.

    The two men arrested at the scene Monday appeared to be in control of the growing operation, but did not hold the Health Canada permits for medical marijuana, police say.

    Cpl. Brad Myhre said the Penticton RCMP Drug Task Force found three permits in the names of three people who were not directly linked to the property and were not present Monday when a search warrant was executed at a residence and large shop on Allendale Lake Road near Okanagan Falls.

    Myhre said the amount of dried marijuana seized greatly exceeded what the three permit holders were allowed to possess, and also exceeded reasonable amounts intended for personal consumption for medical purposes.

    Myhre said inside the shop, officers located a sophisticated marijuana growing operation and approximately 200 marijuana plants, many of which were the size of small Christmas trees and heavily laden with marijuana buds. He said officers also located over 30 pounds of drying marijuana bud.

    Inside the residence, officers say they found a loaded .357 magnum handgun and a loaded .30-30 calibre rifle. The two men arrested, ages 39 and 40, were released on a promise to appear in court in April to face charges of production of a controlled substance, possession for the purposes of trafficking, possession of a restricted weapon and unsafe storage of firearms.

    RCMP Sgt. Glenn Atkins said there have been other cases involving the alleged misuse of licences for medical marijuana.

    "It is concerning if the permits are being misused," said Atkins, who is with the Greater Vancouver Drug Section. "If the licences are being misused, that is certainly evidence that is going to be used in court."

    Health Canada media officer Philippe Laroche said the agency has concerns about criminals misusing permits.

    He said those with medical licences to produce pot can't grow marijuana as a group.

    "Health Canada does not issue licences to produce marijuana for medical purposes to groups, organizations or associations of any kind; only individuals can be authorized," he said.

    The number of people in B.C. with permits to posses medical marijuana has grown steadily from 119 in December 2003 to 1,368 last month.

    Last month, fire chiefs in B.C. and Ontario complained about the increased risk of fire in growing operations, including those with a medical marijuana licence. Surrey has shut down eight such operations as fire hazards in the past four years, despite federal sanctioning.

    "According to Health Canada, individuals licensed under the Medical Marijuana Access Regulations [MMAR] are required to observe all other laws, including bylaws such as zoning, fire, and safety regulations," Surrey Fire Chief Len Garis wrote in a report to council several months ago.

    "Further, Surrey staff learned there is no procedure to alert local governments about the approval of a MMAR license in any particular local government jurisdiction."
     
  2. jhoagland

    jhoagland That's right! Lifetime Member

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    Oh man! A trifecta!
    And away we go.....
     

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    I'm just wondering, where's the victim?
     
  4. TBO

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    The victim was the govt because it got conned out of the taxes I'm guessing.
     
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    Ahh, that makes sense.
     
  7. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    Wasn't legalization suppose to end crime involvement?
     
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    Well I feel much safer now.
     
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    Crime? You mean the woodchipper?
     
  10. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    The woodchipper is an inanimate object.
     
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    They legalized alcohol but it still doesnt mean you can make your own moonshine and sell it.

    Nicotine is legal but you still gotta pay taxes on it....

    Legalization does not end crime.
     
  12. TBO

    TBO Why so serious? CLM

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    I am willing to argue however that legalization reduces crime and removes criminal syndicate elements, such as bootleggers during prohibition or the extremely violent mexican drug cartels who kill people in America.

    (Legalization of pot is what I meant..... extremely hard substances like heroin, cocaine, pills, X, meth, they are all extremely destructive and have by far earned themselves places on the list of controlled substances.)
     
  14. kahrcarrier

    kahrcarrier FAHRENHEIT

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    You let people misuse government "permits" and.......... Well..... It's just a very naughty thing to do!!
     
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    You still haven't shown that an actual crime occurred, aside from tax evasion which is a crime you won't ever get rid of.

    Simply having a firearm in proximity to drugs doesn't automatically create a crime (or shouldn't). In order for a crime to occur there has to be two distinct elements, a perpetrator with malice aforethought and a complaining victim.

    The Government has a few credibility issues when it puts itself forward as the victim because the only reason it becomes victimized is because of the rules it, itself, has set in motion.
     
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    Glock-it-to-me Catching liars

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    I agree. Criminals make money any way possible. Whether something is legal or illegal, if there's a buck to be made, organized crime will do it.

    Prohibition gave rise to organized crime. The war on drugs allows them to stay in business today.

    The Brady folks want to take away our guns. Who do you think will supply the common criminal should a ban take place?